Editor’s note: Coming off its fourth national championship in seven seasons, Alabama returns a ton of talent, and has a great opportunity to repeat as champions in 2016.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a look at Alabama’s 25 most important players. Obviously, there’ll be coaches and other key members around the program who’ll have a big impact on the team’s success. But this list is strictly for the top 25 players for the Crimson Tide heading into 2016.
3. Cam Robinson
Robinson’s legal situation appears to be behind him (he was arrested, but not prosecuted for, possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a firearm and possession of a stolen gun).
But the question becomes how much — if any — game time will he miss? Alabama coach Nick Saban has said that Robinson’s punishment would be handled internally, so don’t expect a big announcement even once a decision has been made on what to do with Robinson.
Strictly from a football standpoint, Robinson is one of the few players Alabama can’t afford to lose. The team doesn’t have anyone else at his position with his level of talent. That’s not to say someone on the roster couldn’t eventually develop into a premier left tackle. But as it stands, Robinson is by far Alabama’s best option to anchor the left side of the offensive line.
Robinson is a projected top 10 NFL draft pick, and there’s a strong chance he’ll leave school after his junior season. He’s an All-SEC and All-American caliber player.
During his first two years on campus, Robinson started all 29 games at left tackle despite battling injuries. Robinson has played through shoulder and ankle injuries throughout his career, and shown a bit of a warrior’s mentality when fighting through the pain.
After a standout freshman campaign, Robinson had an up and down sophomore season due to some of the injuries.
Robinson missed spring practice as he recovered from a shoulder injury. But once healthy, pencil him in as a starter.
Assuming he’s there protecting the left side of the line of scrimmage, whomever starts at quarterback should feel grateful.
Coming Thursday: The new leader of the defense
- No. 4 Jonathan Allen
- No. 5 Tim Williams
- No. 6 Ryan Anderson
- No. 7 Calvin Ridley
- No. 8 O.J. Howard
- No. 9 Eddie Jackson
- No. 10 Marlon Humphrey
- No. 11 Minkah Fitzpatrick
- No. 12 Cooper Bateman/David Cornwell/Blake Barnett/Jalen Hurts
- No. 13 Robert Foster
- No. 14 Da’Shawn Hand
- No. 15 Da’Ron Payne
- No. 16 ArDarius Stewart
- No. 17 Shaun Dion Hamilton
- No. 18 Dalvin Tomlinson
- No. 19 Ronnie Harrison
- No. 20 Ross Pierschbacher
- No. 21 Lester Cotton
- No. 22 JK Scott
- No. 23 Rashaan Evans
- No. 24 Jonah Williams
- No. 25 Adam Griffith